Choosing Not to Choose China
I read yesterday’s Washington Post article on brides and china and smirked as I recalled my own wedding and the amazement from so many (especially my mother’s southern friends) when I declined to choose a china, crystal, or silver pattern. I chose a Dansk pattern that I could love every day and on all occasions.
The article remarks about a shift in brides’ registering for wedding gifts and choosing traditional patterns. Until about 10 years ago, 85 to 90 percent of couples registered for formal china; whereas today only 45 to 50 percent of couples are choosing fine china.
We both were immediately drawn to Generation Blue Mist and the companion Classique stainless patterns from Dansk. We both loved to eat and to entertain, but we just didn’t need the formality of china, crystal, and silver.
To this day the only pattern we have is our original blue and white dishes. I love them every bit as much as the day we picked this stoneware pattern. Unfortunately they are no longer made, so when we need replacement pieces we must go online and hope to find what we need.
My mother’s Noritake china, with its paper thin little cups, sits boxed in the basement. I suppose I was hoping my daughter might one day want it, but probably not. It’s just now my style or hers.
Don’t get me wrong. I love eating at my friends’ houses, where their tables are set with the finest china, Waterford crystal, and shining silver. I feel elegant. But as they wash every piece by hand and carefully store it away for the next fancy occasion, I remind myself that mine can go in the dishwasher.
I find it so interesting that my early rebellion has become a trend!